The annual reenactment of An Tain Bo Cualigne has announced that it will begin in Roscommon this year.
Every year The Táin March colourfully retraces the footsteps of Queen Maeve and her army, in her quest to capture the strongest bull in Ireland – the Brown Bull of Cooley. The historic event occurs as a result of a domestic dispute with her husband King Alill as they compared possessions but he attained victory with his magnificent White Bull which could only be matched by Cooleys Brown Bull. However the prized bull was guarded by the mighty warrior Cuchulainn and the tale covers the tricks, fierce battles and ruthlessness of the Irish woman to get what she wants.
The story which is the national epic of Ireland, stretches from Roscommon to The Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth and was first translated in the early 12th century providing the Irish equivalent to the Greek mythology tales which feature figures such as Athena and Achilles
Up until now, the event only took place across Louth but this year it is embarking from the Rathcrogan Centre in Roscommon and will be virtually walking in every footstep of Queen Maeves herself!
The March will set off from Roscommon on Sunday 24th of May, accompanied by the 2 5th battalion of the Irish Army and the national Táin expert Mr Paul Gosling. The Parents Association from Ardaghy School in Omeath will also be marching the 230km route, in a bid to raise funds for their school. All walkers will dress as in celtic warriors as they walk across the country, where towns and villages along the route will host celebrations at their arrival. The March will finish on the Bank Holiday Monday at Omeath in County Louth, where Maeves last camp is located.
A celtic feast will welcome them alongside a reenactment of Maeves arrival and her first face to face confrontation with Cúchulainn.
To join Maeves army or for further information log on to: http://www.thetainmarch.net